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“Dinner Among Friends” fosters network of female GCs

The informal meetings allow women lawyers to network and swap advice

In 2007, Karen Cottle traveled to New York for the inaugural awards of the DirectWomen Institute, which promotes women on corporate boards. Cottle, the general counsel of Adobe Systems Inc., was inspired by the event, but didn’t know of any similar organizations closer to her West Coast home.

She reached out to Mary Doyle, currently the global chief compliance officer at Oracle Corp. “She and I thought it would be great if we could create a women GC network in the Bay Area,” remembers Cottle. “So eventually Mary just scheduled a dinner and called a bunch of general counsel … and it was really great.”

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